Community Stories

February 26, 2019
Are you struggling to make healthy changes in your life and feeling 'stuck?' From stress management to exercise/nutrition, self-care to life transitions and everything in between, health coaching can be an empowering support to get you 'unstuck' and actively moving toward your wellbeing goals.
February 25, 2019
Roni L. Evans, Ph.D., D.C., M.S., research director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program and an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health. The NACCIH serves as the principal advisory body to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the lead federal agency for research on complementary and integrative health.
December 7, 2018
Photo by Bill Phelps Today’s conventional wisdom says that the best way to live a life is to keep all the components partitioned— love, money, friends. You’re not supposed to date your boss, or go bowling with your analyst, or borrow large sums of money from your drinking buddies. We think of ourselves as a store-bought cake with a sheet of wax paper separating all the slices so that they never touch: neat, single servings.
July 31, 2018
"Patients and families are voicing a desire for (an integrative) approach to care, and there is increasing evidence that integrative approaches can improve clinical outcomes including symptom management. If embedded into the ongoing delivery of care, the implementation of integrative nursing is both feasible and sustainable. It requires investment in education and leadership, and perhaps most importantly, a culture change that embraces a whole-person, whole-system approach to patient care." - Center faculty Megan Voss, DNP, and Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, in a new paper published in MDPI.
May 31, 2018
CSPH 5318 faculty and students just had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India!
May 7, 2018
Ricka Robb Kohnstamm combines more than 25 years of professional service industry and strategic consulting expertise with a M.A. in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, one of the United States' premiere research universities. She offers individual and group coaching at her private practice, Align Whole Health, and enjoys speaking to groups about self-care as primary care.
March 27, 2018
The gonging of a Tibetan singing bowl signifies the start and end of staff meetings at The Waters in Oakdale. Before every shift, the health and wellbeing team comes together for huddles to talk about their intentions for the day and what they will focus on, starting perhaps with a guided imagery exercise or aromatherapy. Grounded and primed with information needed to provide excellent care, these nurse leaders head out to engage with residents.
March 13, 2018
Just 3 years ago, I had never practiced mindfulness, and the word “mindfulness” had likely never even passed my lips. Now, being mindful is an intention I have for all of the moments of my day. Mindfulness practices find their way into all parts of my life, all locations of my life, and they support me in being the person that I mean to be. - Jamie Edwards, School Social Worker in a local public school
February 27, 2018
“Many people have strong inner critics,” says Center mindfulness teacher Jean Fagerstrom. “We think [self-criticism] is a good way to motivate ourselves. But the truth is we function better and happier if we learn to be kind to ourselves.” Not only that, but we’re more successful when we forgive ourselves our inevitable human failings, she says. “Research shows that kind people are more resilient and persistent in the face of setbacks.”
June 14, 2017
Gratitude is a wonderful word. It also can be a challenging practice, particularly when life presents challenges. It did not always come naturally for me. I was raised to say “thank you” and I learned that lesson well, yet my delivery was often perfunctory and distant, consistent with a comfortably numb life.

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